If you’re passionate about shaping young minds and making a difference in education, you’re in the right place!
In this comprehensive guide, we’ll walk you through the steps and requirements to become a substitute teacher in the vibrant and diverse educational tapestry of Washington, DC.
You have what it takes to contribute to the success of your DC school communities, whether you’re a seasoned educator looking for a change or a passionate newcomer ready to start teaching. So, let’s dive into the details!
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Whether you plan to stay in education long-term or be a part-time sub, substitute teaching gives you valuable life experience you can be proud of putting on your resume.
Substitute teachers are incredibly valuable to their school districts and students, because they help keep things moving when teachers call out of work
Even if you only see your students for one day out of the week, you become an essential person who helps keep students’ education on track.
As a sub, you will pick up on valuable skills such as public speaking, thinking on your feet, and classroom management. You’ll also learn how to create a positive, inclusive learning environment for students.
No matter what profession you end up in, you’ll always leverage the interpersonal, managerial, and problem solving skills you picked up as a substitute teacher.
Arguably the best part about being a sub is that you can make your own schedule. You can always communicate with us when you want to work and which days you want to take off.
In contrast to a regular 9-to-5 office job, substitute teaching comes with exciting adventures every day. Different teaching assignments can bring you to new schools, students, and peers, giving you the opportunity to learn something new every day!
You may find requirements differ across different school districts and agencies in DC. Requirements and application processes differ because the District does not offer a standard substitute teacher certification and does not standardize the process to become a sub.
As a result, each school has its own hiring and onboarding requirements and protocols for substitute teachers.
For example, the DCPS (District of Columbia Public Schools) only requires subs to have completed a minimum of 60 credit hours, while other schools and agencies require subs to hold a bachelor’s degree before starting to teach.
In this guide, we’ll detail the 7 quick and easy steps to become a substitute teacher in DC with Scoot Education. With just one application, you’ll be able to teach at a variety of schools as a Scoot sub.
First, begin your application with Scoot online.
You’ll answer some screening questions and upload your resume (if you have one). If you don’t have one, you can fill out our auto-generated questions that build a resume for you.
Then we’ll see if you’re a good match with us. Some things we check for are:
If your application passed the review stage, you’ll then hop on a phone screen with one of our consultants. What is the phone screen?
The phone screen is just a quick 15-minute call to get to know you. We’ll ask about:
Your answers inform us if we have the kind of work that fits your needs.
After you’ve passed your phone screen, we’ll set up a virtual interview with you. This interview will be 30-45 minutes long over video call.
We’ll ask you about your ideal commute time, preferences for grade levels, and more to make sure that you only get assignments that suit your needs!
Before the interview
To streamline the interview process, please upload proof of any teaching credentials you may have. Credentials are not needed, but can boost your hiring chances and earn you a higher pay down the road.
Some examples of acceptable teaching credentials are:
After your stellar interview, your consultant will let you know of next steps. You’ll upload some important documents:
The District of Columbia requires 3 separate background checks, two of which are criminal and one civil, before you can start subbing:
All local and national records are kept highly confidential. Here’s how you can obtain clearance for each check.
Child Protection Registry
Anyone who wants to work with kids is required to complete and clear the DC Child Protection Registry clearance. You can complete the DC CPR Check Request form online via your applicant portal. The results can take up to 21 business days to come back.
This background check comes at no cost to the educator.
FBI Background Check
To pass your federal background check, you’ll get fingerprinted. Scoot reimburses educators for the FBI fingerprinting fee in their first paycheck!
Here are the steps to get fingerprinted:
Once you’ve gotten fingerprinted, all that’s left is to upload a copy of your results to your applicant portal. You’ll find the results on Applicant Services. Usually, results are returned on the same day, but sometimes they can take up to 48 hours.
Local Background Check
The local criminal background check will be conducted via Checkr. Checkr provides fast and fair background checks, so you can start teaching quickly.
Top off your application with these last two pieces: the 20 Year Work History Verification and 3 professional references.
What is the 20 Year Work History Verification?
The School Safety Omnibus Amendment Act of 2018 requires schools to take steps to ensure a positive social and emotional learning environment and to prevent sexual misconduct in schools.
As a result, all substitute teachers in DC must complete a work history review covering the last 20 years of employment history where the scope of their employment involved direct interaction with children.
What do I do to pass the work history review?
In addition to your 3 references for Scoot Education, you’ll input any reference for a job you’ve previously held that involved direct interaction with children.
If there is any overlap between the references you will need to inform them to complete both the Scoot Education Reference as well as the DC 20 Year Work History check.
We’ll contact these references via email, text and/or phone to review your previous work experience.
Once you’ve completed all the steps and gotten approved, you’ll receive your offer letter in your email inbox. Then, we’ll help you get set up as a Scoot employee in our online systems.
You do not need to have a bachelor’s or associate’s degree if you want to become a substitute teacher in DC. Scoot only requires you to have completed 60 college credit hours.
This is consistent with DCPS (District of Columbia Public Schools) educational requirements. Some other school districts and agencies will require you to have a bachelor’s degree. Luckily, Scoot makes it easy to become a sub!
You do not need a substitute teacher certification or license to become a substitute teacher in DC. In 2016, the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) stopped issuing substitute teacher licenses.
However, if you do have a DC teacher credential or any teaching certification, you can upload a copy of your credential to your applicant portal when applying to Scoot.
A substitute teacher’s pay in DC depends on assignment length, type of role, school, and certificate level.
DCPS substitute teacher pay has the following range:
With Scoot, finding work is quick and easy through our app, Scoot 2 Work. Scoot 2 Work allows you to set your daily, weekly, monthly availability and lets Scoot know if you’re up and ready each morning to receive a substitute assignment!
If you sub with DCPS, you’ll register with their automated system, SmartFind Express. Subs are considered as temporary employees to the DCPS. You will be assigned to jobs on an as-needed basis due to teacher absences or position vacancies. You may also be asked to accept assignments outside of your background or educational training.
Scoot Education is a staffing company that strives to place the right teacher in the right classroom, which means better outcomes for students, teachers, schools, and families.
Read on to find out why educators love working with Scoot.
Subbing with an agency means feeling supported in your work as a substitute teacher and getting benefits that subs without agencies don’t have.
Here are some of the benefits of subbing with Scoot Education:
Becoming a substitute teacher in Washington DC is simple. Especially with an educational staffing company like Scoot Education. We want to support you throughout your application process and beyond.
Subbing with Scoot means access to more opportunities, more school districts, and more excitement!